Former Indian speedster RP Singh believes MS Dhoni’s retirement was led by him not being able to finish off games like he used to earlier. RP is one of the closest friends of Dhoni in the cricketing fraternity. Recently, MS Dhoni shocked the world by announcing his retirement from international cricket on the 15th of August, after which tributes were showered by people across the world admiring his greatness.
The cricketing world salutes MS Dhoni for the name he made for himself and his country at the biggest stage of the sport of cricket. MS Dhoni played his last game in the Indian colours during the semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Unfortunately, India lost the match and Dhoni scored 50 off 72 balls not being able to finish the game as expected from him.
RP Singh tells MS Dhoni wanted to wait until T20 World Cup before retirement
The former Indian speedster has revealed that Dhoni, being a T20 specialist desired to play at the T20 World which was scheduled for 2020 and later postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic. RP Singh also mentioned MSD not getting many chances to bat for India in the last year.
“Of course, it has. He has been a massive player in T20s so he wanted to wait until the big event. Besides that, age and fitness also contributed to his decision. If you leave aside IPL, he hardly got any opportunity to display his batting for India in ODIs for the last 12-15 months,” Singh told Cricket.com.
“In the 2019 World Cup, he may have wanted to bat at number 4 but that was not done because of team management and in the lower order, he barely got a chance until the semi-final game. Oddly, he also was not able to finish off games the way he used to earlier. Maybe that also gave him the signal that he was reaching his end and he needed to take a call on his future,” RP Singh added.
RP Singh recalls MS Dhoni’ strategic masterclass
The pacer shared an incident where he first realised Dhoni was a genius. It was in the 2007 world cup final when he kept Joginder Sharma for the death overs and presumably knew he would be effective.
“This incident was during the T20 World Cup final in 2007, regarding Mohammed Hafeez’s dismissal. He (Dhoni) posted a fielder in between the third and fourth slip. I told him that the slip position is not right but he said it’s a floating position. You either have a 3rd slip or 4th slip because a slip fielder rarely jumps and gets the catch. However, MS told me that Hafeez’s release shot was his tendency to play at balls which go away.” Singh recalled.
“That was the moment when I thought his knowledge was incredible. He knew how to control the game. He never led Bihar or Jharkhand or India A but that hardly mattered. If you talk about the last over of Joginder Sharma, people say it was a fluke but it was in fact a strategic decision. He knew that he would require Sharma in the last five overs. He had that foresight to see what was going to happen.” he added
MSD has astonishing numbers for team India in 538 matches he has scored 17,266 runs, 16 centuries and 108 fifties. The former team India skipper had an early retirement from Test cricket back in 2014. He made 90 appearances in red-ball cricket to score 4876 runs.
Dhoni carried on playing the other two formats and handled the captaincy to Virat Kohli in 2017. With 10,733 runs, Dhoni is fifth in the list of India’s all-time run-scorers in ODI behind Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Sourav Ganguly, and Rahul Dravid. MS Dhoni will be back in action in September leading CSK in the 13th edition of the IPL. The tournament starts on 19th of September and the final will be played on November 10.